|ECONOMICS AS IF LIFE MATTERED|
|Saturday, 31 March 2012 10:15|
CAN WE SHAPE ECONOMIC POLICY TO SAVE SPECIES?
MAY 25TH - ONE DAY SYMPOSIUM
Organised by Kristen Steele, International Society for Ecology and Culture (ISEC), Aniol Esteban, new economics foundation (nef) and Ian Bateman, The Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment (CSERGE) with support from NERC.
Wildlife conservation projects in every country are subject to constraints of global economic policy.Historically, these policies have fostered exploitation over protection of biodiversity. Economic factors often stand in the way of effective conservation, contribute to the failure to achieve long-term results and, ultimately, are behind the 'agony of choice' we face in trying to save species from extinction.
Public awareness is growing of the need to restructure the economy. Numerous visions of a new economy, with the interests of people and the planet at the centre, are starting to emerge. Instead of continuing to operate within the unfavourable strictures of the current global economic system, conservation organisations now have the opportunity to get involved in shaping future policy.
To bring wildlife concerns into this discussion, we will focus on ways in which the current global market economy hinders conservation; identifying damaging structures, practices and policies. We will examine current economic incentives used in conservation - such as assigning market values to species, sustainable use and business and biodiversity partnerships - raising crucial questions about their effectiveness. We will also explore possibilities of linking up with the broader movement for economic change and begin to answer the important question: if conservation of species was a guiding principle, what would our economy look like?
Online booking is available here or alternatively, a booking form can be downloaded from the link at the top of the page.
Student/ZSL Friends and Fellows rate: £40.
Lunch and refreshments are included in the registration fee and a three-course dinner with the speakers will be held on the Friday evening; places at the dinner will cost an additional £40 per person.
STAMFORD RAFFLES LECTURE - JUNE 19 6.30pm
Darwin, Sex and Sexual Selection - Professor Tim Birkhead
Darwin's concept of sexual selection transformed our understanding of animal behaviour. Although Darwin knew that the males of many species are promiscuous, he assumed females to be monogamous. Didn't he know it takes two to tango? Darwin missed a trick. We now know that promiscuity is common among females and knowing this has changed our view of many aspects of reproduction and helps to explain the remarkable diversity in copulatory behaviour, anatomy and physiology.
Tickets are available at the link above, and cost £20 for non-members, and £15 for Fellows, students and Members.
We hope to see you at some of our upcoming events.